George NIXON
Rank: Private
Number: 242563
Unit: 2/6th Battalion LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 14 August 1917
Age: 34
Cemetery: Coxyde Military Cemetery, Koksijde, Belgium

George is believed to have lived all his life in the Stockport area until he enlisted into the army, probably in 1916.

He was the son of Job and Hannah. They pre-deceased George - Job in 1908 and Hannah in 1915. George and his sister Emily continued to live in the family home at 40 Cambridge Street. They had two other sisters recorded on the 1901 Census, Margaret and the eldest child, Florence.

George worked as a carter, originally for William Winbolt & Sons - a firm of builders on Winifred Road, Heavily. Still as a carter, he later went to work for Thomas Ormesher & Sons Ltd, a local furniture removals company. In his spare time George was an active member of the local Industrious Plough Lodge of the Order of Oddfellows.

It is not known exactly when George enlisted into the army but it can be said with reasonable certainty that he did not go overseas until at least the beginning of 1917. This was when soldiers in territorial battalions were allocated six-digit service numbers like George's.

On the day he died, George and his comrades were training near Coxyde Bains. Coxyde Bains(now called Koksijde Bad) is a village on the Channel coast about halfway between Dunkirk and Ostend. During the War it was a few kilometres behind the front line at Nieuport.

The Battalion's War Diary contains no details of the day so it will probably never be possible to establish what happened to George. Regimental records published after the War state he "died of wounds", indicating he was not killed outright. His burial at Koksijde, rather than a few miles away where the field hospitals would have been, means he must have died very quickly. He may have been injured in a training accident or hit by shrapnel from along-range German shell.

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